The New Pope
John Malkovich joins Jude Law in the second season of this drama telling the story of the fictional Pope Pius XIII.
About The New Pope
Pius XIII is in a coma. And after an unpredictable and mysterious turn of events, the Secretary of State Voiello succeeds in the enterprise of having Sir John Brannox, a moderate English aristocrat, charming and sophisticated, placed on the papal throne adopting the name John Paul III. The new pope seems perfect, but he conceals secrets and a certain fragility. And he immediately understands that it will not be easy to replace the charismatic Pius XIII: hanging between life and death, Lenny Belardo has become a Saint and thousands of faithful are now idolizing him, fuelling the contrast between fundamentalisms. Meanwhile, the Church is under attack from several scandals that risk devastating the hierarchies irreversibly and from external threats striking the symbols of Christianity. As always, however, in the Vatican nothing is what it seems. Good and evil proceed arm in arm towards history. And to reach the showdown we must wait for the events to take their course…
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The charactersMeet the cast of The New Pope
Pope Pius XIII / Lenny Belardo
Pope John Paul III / John Brannox
Cardinal Angelo Voiello
Cardinal Bernardo Gutiérrez
Doctor Helmer Lindegard
Cécile de France
The Young Pope
Drama telling the story of the fictional Pope Pius XIII, the Catholic Church's first American pontiff, as he struggles to establish his papacy.
After his inaugural speech makes it clear that he will not be manipulated, Lenny makes enemies within the Vatican. However, he gains one ardent follower.
Believing that the only way to end Lenny's papacy is to involve him in a scandal, Cardinal Secretary of State Voiello blackmails Ester to seduce the pontiff.
Lenny enjoys a night away from the Vatican with a childhood friend, whilst Voiello has a crisis of conscience when an opportunity presents itself.
Nine months into Lenny's papacy, he gives his first audience to the Italian prime minister. Dussolier is put in charge of a controversial edict.
Dussollier blames himself after a tragedy and returns to Honduras. With Lenny's supporters dwindling, he questions whether his papacy is coming to an end.
Pius XIII decides to visit Africa after reeling from a personal loss. While there, he meets the revered and respected missionary, Sister Antonia.
Gutierrez is dejected by his failure to find evidence against Cardinal Kurtwell, but a new witness may be able to give him what he is looking for.
Pope Pius XIII prepares to reveal himself publicly for the first time in a pastoral visit to Venice, but not before settling some scores.
The New Pope
With Pius XIII in a coma, Voiello gets a new Pope elected.
Voiello flies to England to convince Braddox to run as Pope. But Braddox is a difficult man, devoured by secrets.
As Sir John leaves for the Vatican, everything appears to be going to plan. But the secretary of state could never have predicted Cardinal Spalletta's next move.
John Paul III travels to Venice to visit Pius XIII. Meanwhile, a tragedy in Lourdes calls for the presence of the new Pope.
A meeting with star Sharon Stone gives the Pope some new ideas. Meanwhile, the Pontiff and Sofia's relationship deepens.
While the radio broadcasts Pius XIII's breathing, John Paul III prepares for a historic interview.
The terrorist threat becomes all the more menacing. Meanwhile, Assente's policies begin to undermine the Church's credibility.
Having uncovered John Paul III's secrets, Voiello begins his plan to regain power. Meanwhile, Lenny Belardo secretly returns to the Vatican.
Pius XIII and John Paul III are finally forced to confront each other as terrorists take a priest and six students hostage in Ventotene.